We must comply….

Well, it appears that all services must provide abortions including late term abortions. I wait with bated breath for catholic obstetricians to tell this Indian Public Health Doctor that she lacks any understanding of medical ethics.

Providing these services requires people. Medically trained people. Such people generally don’t like being treated as automatons, and being required to do that which they disagree with.

The Associate Health Minister says she’s watching district health boards “very closely” after a survey found variations in abortion services offered across the country.

It’s been more than eight months since abortion law reform came into force, yet the Ministry of Health survey found in some parts of New Zealand early medical abortions – where two pills are taken to induce a miscarriage within the first nine weeks of pregnancy – are not locally available at all.

It also found significant differences in later gestation abortion services offered across DHBs, meaning it’s harder form some people to access the procedure because of where they live.

Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall said abortion services are an essential part of women having control over their fertility. She told RNZ she expects to see continuous improvements in the way those services are provided by DHBs across the country.

DHBs need to take responsibility for providing equitable services for people within their catchments, Dr Verrall said, but they should know she is watching their progress closely, as is the Ministry.

Dr Verrall said it’s “fantastic” that since the Abortion Legislation Act came in to force in March, some DHBs have reported reduced delays and more equitable services.

It appears that this is part of being the team of five million. The pravda must get out, and we must be blood responsible. Though our government seems to care more about promoting the sacred rainbow.

“For each of the scenarios, extensive contingency plans are in place. We’ve learnt from previous cases and regional lockdowns and used that knowledge to refine our plans and preparations. We know what to do and the health system is standing ready. People and resources are on call. Our supply chains are stocked.

“Government agencies are tightly connected and have worked closely with local Government, iwi and community leaders, Civil Defence and Emergency Management and the private sector to ensure a fully coordinated response.

“People in remote locations where there is limited cell phone coverage would very likely be safe from exposure to COVID-19, but would need to follow public health advice upon return from those locations – this is a personal responsibility.

“In a worst-case scenario, if it became clear there was a high risk of widespread transmission, you’d need to stay where you are and in your bubble until you get official advice. We don’t want people rushing home and possibly taking the virus with them.

“It’s important to remember that this is a worst-case scenario. After a long, hard year, we all deserve to enjoy our summer – including those who are working hard through the holidays to keep us safe. Let’s thank them by each and every one of us doing our bit to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“We’re also asking all New Zealanders to focus even more on those basic actions that’ll protect themselves and others, in line with the new campaign, ‘Make Summer Unstoppable’.

“We should all be washing or sanitising our hands; scanning QR codes; turning on Bluetooth in the NZ COVID Tracer app; staying home if we’re feeling even a little unwell, and getting advice on a test.

“And if we’re going away on a break, we should be thinking about what would happen if we’re required to stay at our holiday location while waiting for official advice. That might mean a backup plan for homes or pets if we can’t get home straight away.

“It’ll be the continued commitment of the team of 5 million, combined with the Government’s own planning, which gives us all the best chance of enjoying a fantastic Kiwi summer after what’s been a year like no other.”

Chris Hipkins, Minister for COVID 19 response

I should be grateful. I have a job and I am able to travel. It’s summer. But being told this is a privilege grates. There is a point where people will start simply ignoring the government. This was reached in Victoria some time ago, and we were forced to comply.

Which won’t work here. Kiwis will smile, wave, and disobey.